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Mexican police nab Uber drivers working as human smugglers for cartel

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican police nab Uber drivers working as human smugglers for cartel

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Mexican authorities arrested a crew of human smugglers in Piedras Negras, Coahuila that had been utilizing Uber vehicles to transport illegal Central American immigrants through Mexico as they made their way to the Texas border.

According to Breitbart News, the region’s human smuggling enterprise is strictly controlled by various sectors of criminal cartels. Although the area has been traditionally controlled by Los Zetas, other cartels have begun to take over the region.

Mexico’s National Migration Institute’s (INM) agents and Coahuila state police officers detained ten people and confiscated a minimum of 11 cars, five of which were registered with the Uber car company that is based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

The individuals were arrested in southern Coahuila in an area that connects Nuevo Leon with the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

In the vehicles, authorities discovered over 30 illegal Central American immigrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Authorities pulled over the cars on a dirt road they were driving on in an effort to avoid security checkpoints in Coahuila. The drivers had been hired to transport the immigrants to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where they would catch a bus that would take them to the Texas border. Law enforcement officials noted that the drivers were not employed by Uber at the time of the smuggling operation.

Coahuila’s checkpoints were established earlier this year to reduce drug and human smuggling in the border state. Since the checkpoint opened, police officers have detained 48 immigrants.

As a result of the incident, Uber Mexico released a statement distancing themselves from the driver’s actions, and that Uber’s app had no connection with the smuggling ventures.

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